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Improvement Meme by sambees Improvement Meme by sambees
School has been consuming my life, even over the winter holiday, but this meme looked interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I tried picking out some of my better work from over those years to see how my style and skills have developed, I also included the re-make (and original) portrait I did for a direct comparison between 2006 and 2008.

It's too bad the images have to be cropped so oddly, but I hope it still got the point across.

Note: 2003 is not when I started drawing, these are not my first drawings, it is just as early back as the meme goes, these are also the best images of those years.

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:iconcloudstripe-nimbie:
Cloudstripe-Nimbie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconiloveyouplz: Im 15 now, and backgrounds are my worst nightmare, not to mention shading and lighting!
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Alice-Shinigami Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconflailingplz:2007 The 4th one.........BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!:iconflailingplz:
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Cow-Butt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I love how your style shifts from anime to a more unique style ^_^
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:iconlaugh-butts:
Laugh-Butts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
YOU'RE SO AMAZING WITH REALISM!!!!!!!
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Lovelocked-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student
It's very impressive how much you've improved :)
How was it that you came to have the style that you now have? It's very distinctive and I love the flow of the bodies you draw, and the faces are gorgeous! :aww:

I regret that I gave up drawing from when I was 19 to the age that I now am - which is 23. I hate that I gave up because I felt like I'd never become any good - and everyone was so much better then me. Your progression has showed me that if I work hard enough, and stay true to my passion I can become a great artist too ^_^
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sambees Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The same thing happened to me with writing, I deeply regret stopping for so long, but it's nice to pick up again D: My style came about through a combination of necessity and study. I was an animator for a long time which really shaped the purpose of my art and how I drew it. The look is a combination of that necessity and all the influences of my artistic life now and to that point : sambees.deviantart.com/art/Inf…
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Lovelocked-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my comment, I appreciate it!
I see, that makes a lot of sense, and it's easy to see in your art that you have a background in animation - considering how fluent your lineart is :)

Thanks again for replying, I'll keep this in mind as I expand my own horizon as an artist :)
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an-chan123 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is some excellent improvement!!! :heart:
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juicyindaskull Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is proof enought that practice makes beter, and I'm gonna make it :D
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an-chan123 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you suddenly know how to shade and draw better?! i suppose checking out other people's artwork and using online tutorials would work... im going NOWHERE, FAST!
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sambees Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Yes, you did.
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an-chan123 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry... :blush: I didn't mean it.
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sambees Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I didn't "suddenly" know how to shade. It took years of self study and practice.
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an-chan123 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Did I put that comment? Because in contrary, I understand that it takes a lot of skill and time for great artwork like yours. I think this is a beautiful meme, and I'd like to be like you someday.

Ugh, that first comment I put is bothering me.
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StrawberryOverlord Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Digital Artist
yup, my art is gunna be crap for the rest of my life :iconsulkplz:
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Katori-93 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing improvement!! I can only hope I'll get to be at least half as good an artist someday as you are now ;____; xxx
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Elowly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG...I began to draw at age 18, and probably just as old and ugly I'll come to your level: <
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osk9 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm impressed with the rang of work you do.
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LilTracyLynn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question...I'm not telling you to look at my art, but I'm 18 now and still draw terribly. I used to draw even worse when I was about 14-17. I really want to go to art school and I'm trying to learn. Do you think if I go to art school that I will be able to have drawings as good as yours? I do practice, but it's never enough.
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sambees Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
It's hard to say, I didn't go to art school but I know a lot of people who did and came out better for it. You might find this more helpful: [link]
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LilTracyLynn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for responding. :)
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TheBeautifulWorld Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
you give me hope for the future ;------;
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Wonderful-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student
same here xD
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Leukitanea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
You improove really fast!

May I have some advice C:?
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:iconsambees:
sambees Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Don't cut your hair with pinking shears.
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Leukitanea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
XD
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loglog5 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh wow, you really did improve a lot
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UltraBoo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Which school did you go to? :o
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sambees Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
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bruised--vein Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
so much awesome.
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StefaniaGariazzo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Can i ask what are (or were, don't know now) you studying?
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sambees Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
animation
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StefaniaGariazzo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I see, thanks for your time :)
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WolfEars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow you've made some awesome improvement :)

I like looking at these, because whenever I get down about my art, one thing I would do is look at these and see peoples improvements, and then I work hard, because i know one day I will be a great artist :nod:
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Maru89 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
what are you studing???? o__O

Amazing gallery! really!! I have to find my own style too, everytime I think I finally found it, that isn't true and I search over again! xDDDD
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Archiipelago Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
First one on 2007 made me jizz. I love this. Awesome.
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Submerse Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Whenever I'm feeling down, I always seem to come back to this and remind myself that practice is key. The improvement is astonishing... and really enviable. I hope to become atleast half this good by your age.
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dragonkaller Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
oh muh gawd, your artwork is amazing.!
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demonkitty0 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Awesome work and improvements.
The first pic of 07 is my favourite- it's gorgeous.
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Cherrypopz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
I love improvement memes!
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silentsteel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
It's kinda mind-blowing to see something great become even better over the years. Your realistic pieces are AMAZING, and the evolution of your linework is clearer with each year - and even more beautiful than before.
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i do love your style of drawing that you have come to.
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Lele-Chan-ICE Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing improvement!!! :huggle:
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BlueBoy83 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I really loved your gallery. A lot of what you have done really inspires me (I'm sure you heard thtat a lot, lol) Are you an art Major or did you "study" on your own time.

I'm still in high school and LOVE doodleing and sketching on my free time. But then when I want to make it look... professional (not the right word) but just more through PS it really looks like Bleh. Btw, I've been working with PS for a while. Its just what ends up coming out is not something I would want to post up on DA. (very little confidence sometimes)

Love the D' Ange studd btw. great work.
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BlueBoy83 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'm at about your 2006 stage right now... at least with the sketching part.
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elexti Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really inspiring... thanks so much for sharing :)
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Paranoia-phantom Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
o_0 The 4th image on your 2007 is part of my wallpaper i found on Google.

Let me say that is a gorgeous digi-painting
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sambees Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
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amaira515 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Hey, I just wanted to say this really helped me. I was starting to get down because I am having so much trouble with skin tones. Last time I got frustrated like this was when I didn't do any drawing for about a year and a half. This really helped me realize that everyone has to start from somewhere and I just need to keep at it. Doesn't mean I'm an awful artist just because I start out less then perfect. So thanks for giving us an idea of your improvements and for all the awesome tutorials you have.
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TammyBrighton Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Aw that cheered me up too! ^^
BTW the first and last on 2007, wow!
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